It wasn’t enough that King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys were playing over at Irving Plaza in Manhattan last Thursday. But garage trash fanatics had to flip the quarter over whether to make the trek to try to catch the Oblivians at Brooklyn’s Bell House, arguably the best club in the five boroughs, but it’s down in the Gowanus area, and the train’s kind of a hassle, and…oh boo-hoo, it’s so hard to live in NYC where there are ten cool shows every damn night. Anyway, there was no thinning out of either event, as once the Oblivians hit the stage by about 10:30, the joint was near-packed. After fine opening sets by Shangri Lips (featuring for Mr. Airplane Man member, Margaret Garrett) and New Jersey gutter-glam punks, Wyldlife, the Oblivians churned through a full hour of their now-influential, still-relentless garage punk stomp. On the heels of their recent In The Red comeback LP, Desperation, and having already wowed ‘em last summer in the middle of a huge rain storm, it seems the Memphis trio’s NYC contingent wanted more.
Photos by Keith Marlowe.